Incentives to Evaluate Your Building's Energy Performance

If you can't measure it, you can't manage it.  Understand how your energy is being used
The AUDIT FUNDING Program - Evaluate today’s energy use – and identify tomorrow’s opportunities.

Incentives to Help you Spot Energy-Saving Opportunities

You’re already doing a good job managing and maintaining your high performing building. Even though your building is running well, these AUDIT FUNDING incentives could help you achieve even greater efficiencies while reaching or even exceeding your business goals

What is an Energy Audit?

An energy audit is the first step in fully understanding how energy is being used in your building. Only then can you begin to reduce operating costs and improve the performance of your building.

Business customers are eligible for incentives to complete energy audits assessing the potential for energy savings to be achieved through equipment replacement, operational practices, or participation in Demand Response initiatives and other building systems and envelopes projects.

Participate and save

A comprehensive evaluation of your building's energy performance will determine opportunities for improvement. These options for maximizing energy savings will form the basis of an action plan.

The AUDIT FUNDING incentive is intended to cover up to 50% of the cost of an energy audit, based on requirements that take into account the size and complexity of the buildings.

We will work together to identify the best and most sustainable energy management program for your business.

What audit incentives are available?

Participant incentives for this initiative are as follows. 

For Eligible Building Owners:


Up to $25,000 in Incentives Now Available

Conducting this survey and analysis is your first step. This financial analysis, or life cycle analysis, provides you with the data you need to fully consider the financial benefits of installing a variety of energy-efficient measures.

For buildings up to 30,000 sq. ft.:
The Incentive is $0.10 per sq. ft. up to a maximum of 50% of Electricity survey and Analysis costs, whichever is less.

For buildings larger than 30,000 sq. ft.:
The Incentive is $3,000 for the first 30,000 square feet and $0.05 per sq. ft. for each incremental sq. ft. up to a maximum of 50% of Electricity Survey and Analysis costs or up to $25,000, whichever is less.

DETAILED ANALYSIS OF CAPITAL INTENSIVE MODIFICATIONS – eligibility is for buildings with greater than 50,000 square feet

An Additional $10,000 in Incentives - Now Available

After the Electricity Survey and Analysis has been completed, this is your next step. Here the focus is on potential capital-intensive projects identified during the Electricity Survey and Analysis. Detailed field data combines with a more rigorous engineering analysis to provide detailed project cost and savings calculations (sufficient for major capital investment decisions).

The incentive is $ 0.05 per sq. ft. up to a maximum of 50% of Detailed Analysis of Capital Intensive Modifications costs or up to an additional $10,000, whichever is less.

For Eligible Tenants: 
Electricity Survey and Analysis – eligibility is for buildings with less than 50,000 sq ft.

Up to $7,500 in Incentives now available. Here the incentive pays for audits of lighting, office equipment and plug loads. 

The incentive is $0.03 per sq. ft. up to a maximum of 50% of the Electricity Survey and Analysis for an eligible tenant costs or up to $7,500, whichever is less. 


Assume the following: 

Audit Costs:         3rd party contributions:      Travel Expenses (Auditor):       

Building G:             $1,000                     $100                               $250                               

Building H:             $5,000                     $500                             $1,100                            

Building I:              $10,000                   $1,000                           $2,200    


  STEPS Building G Building H Building I


Square footage





Estimated Incremental Incentive based on square footage

10,000 * $0.03 = $300

 30,000 * $0.03 = $900

 50,000 * $0.03 = $1,500


    To calculate Maximum Participant Incentive follow steps 3.a to 3.c


Multiply the estimated Audit cost by 50%





Minus any Third party contributions





Take the lesser of 3.b or $7,500





To calculate the Estimated Incentive Amount, take the lesser of 2 or 3.c





 Add Eligible Travel Expenses (50% of Energy Auditor Travel costs up to $1000)





 Total Electricity Survey and Analysis (Add Line amounts 6 and 7) excluding applicable taxes





Selecting an Auditor

  • You need the assurance of knowing that your company’s energy audit is in good hands. The AUDIT FUNDING Program was designed to ensure qualified, experienced auditors are used to help you identify how your business currently uses energy. It also helps you identify how you can save on operating costs while maintaining utmost performance in the future.

    The energy audits must be completed by a third party with the following qualifications:

    1) A professional engineer (PEng.), a certified engineering technologist (CET), a certified energy manager or a certified measurement and verification professional, who has at least three years of relevant experience evaluating energy systems in building or

    2) An engineer-in-training under the supervision of a PEng. or CET only if a qualified and experienced person as described above certifies and signs the Audit Report.




Get started


Install Energy-Efficient Measures and Earn up to 50% of your Project Costs

For many business owners, capital costs prove to be the primary barrier to investing and participating in a retrofit.  The RETROFIT PROGRAM's incentives tackle this barrier head on, making it possible for you to install and benefit from newer, more energy-efficient solutions.

Focus your Energy-Efficiency Decisions on your Building Retrofits

Becoming more energy-efficient is paying off for commercial organizations looking to respond to growing market pressures and increased global competition. Operating as efficiently as possible will help improve your bottom line. Even small steps can make a measurable difference.

Participate and Save

The RETROFIT PROGRAM provides substantial financial incentives for replacing existing equipment with high efficiency equipment and for installing new control systems that will improve the efficiency of your operational procedures and processes.

Incentive Levels

Your local electric utility can assist you to assess and offer financial incentives to implement energy-efficiency measures for your building, equipment and operational practices that could lower your electricity costs almost immediately in some cases and last far into the future in others.

Three Tracks to Conserve

There are three ways to start conserving energy with this program:


2.    ENGINEERED Track

3.    CUSTOM Track

Up to 50% of project costs are available.


 The PRESCRIPTIVE track gives you the ease of selecting from a defined list of end-use  measures that come with a corresponding per-unit incentive. Examples include upgrades to lighting, motors, unitary A/C, etc. If your project involves upgrading existing equipment, the incentive amount would depend on the type, efficiency and quantity of equipment you install.


The ENGINEERED track consists of a series of preset calculation worksheets that help you estimate reductions in peak demand and/or electricity consumption that apply to the installation of more energy-efficient equipment or solutions.

Based on the reductions in peak demand and/or electricity consumption, the worksheet will calculate the incentive amount. The following engineered worksheets are available online through the RETROFIT PROGRAM application process or from your local electric utility:

1.   Commercial Interior Lighting Engineering Worksheet

2.   Commercial High Bay Lighting Engineering Worksheet

3.   Commercial Directional Lighting Engineering Worksheet

4.   Unitary A/C Engineering Worksheet (ie. rooftop units and split systems)

5.   Variable Speed Drive on Fan Engineering Worksheet

6.   Variable Speed Drive on Pump Engineering Worksheet

7.   Compressed Air Engineering Worksheet  


The CUSTOM track is available for more complex or innovative solutions not covered in the PRESCRIPTIVE or ENGINEERED track, and not on the pre-defined list. Technology, equipment and system improvements are evaluated on their demand and energy-performance. Incentives are paid after installation, and once the savings have been measured and verified.  

The incentives are based on the information you provide specific to your project, including:

·         A description of the facility baseline electricity use.

  •  A description of the equipment being replaced.
  •  A description of the new equipment.
  • Disposal costs of old equipment.
  • The operating schedule (days per week, hours per day, time of day).
  • The cost of the new equipment.

Available Incentives:

  Prescriptive Engineered Custom


 Per unit incentives

 The greater of either, $400/kW of demand savings


$0.05/kWh of first year electricity savings

 The greater of either, $400/kW of demand savings


$0.05/kWh of first year electricity savings

 Non-lighting including lighting controls

 Per unit incentives

 The greater of either, $800/kW


$0.10/kWh of first year electricity savings

 The greater of either, $800/kW


$0.10/kWh of first year electricity savings

 Multi-Family: tenant education

 $200/kW of the estimated demand savings, and to a maximun of 10% of the incentives paid for the equipment replacement project.  

 Social housing

  •  Advance 50% of eligible financial incentive funding before project starts and after project approval by your local electric utility.
  • Gap grant funding: top up eligible financial incentive to 50% of project cost.


To participate, your project must be pre-approved. Small projects must be worth a minimum prescriptive incentive of a $100. For the ENGINEERED or CUSTOM tracks, your project must have an estimated demand reduction of 1 kW or first-year annual energy savings of 2,000 kWh. Projects must deliver energy savings for at least 48 months.

Eligibility requirements

The RETROFIT PROGRAM for Commercial or Institutional Facilities is open to owners or lessees* of:

  •  Commercial spaces or buildings, such as offices, retail and grocery stores, restaurants, hotels and warehouses.
  • Institutional buildings, including hospitals, universities, municipal halls and arenas.

·         Multi-family buildings, such as apartments (including low income and social housing) or condominiums.

  • Agricultural facilities, including dairy, swine or poultry farms, greenhouses and nurseries.

*If you lease, you must have the owner’s consent or authorization

There are also some minimum project sizes and terms around project start dates. Also if you are an owner of social and assisted housing, and your building is smaller in size, you may be eligible for other incentives. Contact your local electric utility to find out more.


Eligible Program Measures   

Eligible measures under the program are those that provide sustainable, measurable and verifiable reductions in peak electricity demand and/or electricity consumption and below are some examples:


  • Lighting retrofits
  • Lighting controls
  • HVAC redesign
  • Chiller replacement
  • Variable speed drives
  • Improvement of thermal performance of a building envelope through measures such as increased insulation, installation of high performance windows and frames, low emissive window glazing or low emissive roof barriers.

Start Saving Sooner

Getting your project underway without delay is our priority. We'll work with you to make quick work of the pre-approval process so your project can move ahead as soon as possible.

Whether your project is Prescriptive, Engineered or Custom, you'll find plenty of available incentives. The RETROFIT PROGRAM provides incentives for the improvement of such important systems as lighting, motors, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and improvements in your building envelope - areas where today’s organizations stand to benefit the most.

Getting Started: 

Steps to saving energy and improving your bottom line

First, you must register online and provide your business details and the name and contact information of suppliers to the project. If you require assistance with the registration process please contact your local electric utility.


1.   Complete the PRESCRIPTIVE track online applications prior to the start of the project. If you need help with the online application contact your local electric utility.

2.   The project is submitted for approval to your local electric utility, based on the information provided through the registration.

3.   Your local electric utility approves your project, based on your documentation.

4.   Following completion of the project, your local electric utility may visit the building, to validate the installation of the equipment specified on the Prescriptive Approach worksheets and forms.

5.   To confirm completion, return to the website to upload all invoices and to request the incentive payments for which you’re eligible.


1.   Complete the ENGINEERED or CUSTOM track online applications & worksheets, and provide other project-related information requested by the registration system, prior to the start of the project. Information requested may include product details, calculations and assumptions, as well as a project measurement and verification plan (for CUSTOM projects expecting an incentive greater than $25,000).


2.   Your local electric utility approves your project, based on your documentation or on a site visit designed to verify the baseline electricity consumption data.

3.   Once the work is completed, you, or your contractor or supplier must return to this website to submit any additional information or documentation required, along with the project invoices.

4.   Your local electric utility may visit the building to verify the installation of the equipment or control systems. This may include validation of the project’s resulting savings assessment.

5.   Your local electric utility approves project savings and the resulting incentive payment, based on your project invoices and the assessed demand reduction or energy savings.

6.   You local electric utility remits payment to your organization the total incentive amount, as appropriate.

If you are not sure where to begin there are incentives available to conduct electricity focused audits through the AUDIT FUNDING program that will help you identify the potential energy savings.


Contact Us Today:

Visit your local electric utility to learn more information about this program. Other information, perspectives from experts and clients or to apply online is available for access now.

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